Manchester: Ravi Bopara starred with bat and ball as England routed Australia by seven wickets in the fifth and final one-day international at Old Trafford to complete a 4-0 series win.

It was the heaviest defeat ever suffered by Australia, still the world number one in the 50-over game, in any head-to-head limited overs series.

Man-of-the-match Bopara took two wickets for eight runs in four overs with his medium-pacers as England's attack held Australia to 145 for seven in an innings reduced by rain to 32 overs.

Then, after a further rain break saw England set a revised victory target of 138 in 29 overs, Bopara made 52 not out off 56 balls with five fours.

Together with England captain Alastair Cook, who made 58, he shared a stand of 92 in 98 balls that took the team to the brink of victory.

And when Eoin Morgan struck the winning runs England who've now won 10 one-dayers in a row -- had triumphed with 11 balls to spare.

Cook praised county colleague Bopara by saying: "We all know what a quality player he is, and he is starting to deliver for England now.

"Our number seven batsman didn't get a bat in this series, so that shows how much credit we should give to our top order batsmen in this series."

Australia captain Michael Clarke praised England but said his side would be stronger come their return for next year's Ashes Test series.

"We have no excuses, we came here to win all five games," said Clarke.

"I don't want to take anything away from England, but I will make sure we are as well prepared as we can possibly be for the Ashes."


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